"Did your mom cut your head with a bowl?"
- Name: 2009 RED Trace
- Pros: Does what it's supposed to, protect your head, Inexpensive, simple design., Removable parts: ear pads, insides, goggle strap.
- Cons: Tight, M feels like S. Needs breaking in., Earpads come loose easily., Chin strap feels uncomfortable if I want it snug
First off, they must have measured these without the inside padding because they are tight. The M is supposed to be 57-59cm, and my head is roughly 57.2cm and it is very uncomfortable the first time in. I couldn't even board for more than an hour since it gave me a major headache. Ended up just switching back to a beanie. I learned my lesson, so before my next trip, I spent a few days wearing the helmet, taking breaks in between because it still hurts. By the time we were up in the mountain, it has considerably molded to my head that I was able to wear a lightweight hood and still feels comfortable riding. It was still very tight, even when I'm wearing it now as I'm typing this review. But it's bearable and when you're up in the mountains, other factors will detract your attention away that you won't even notice. With that said. consider going one size up for complete comfort, otherwise prepare to spend some time to break it in.
Another cons was the strap. I have a large Adam's apple (don't ask), and I feel slight discomfort when I open my mouth, or bend my head down. Loosening the strap a bit doesn't help much and it lessen the grip of the helmet.
Other than that, everything else is fine. The ear pads can be come loose easily, but after adjusting the straps, it stayed in place and kept my ears warm. It can also be removed if wanted. There's also a gaper guard (for newbies like me), which I thought was neat. It also gave my goggles a tighter fit, which makes it even better. The removable goggle strap isn't as loose in as mentioned in other reviews, which is a plus. Being most things are removable and a nice smooth surface, the helmet could be a good canvas for those who wants to put on custom artwork.
But the most important of all is that it protects your head, and that's should be the main priority. I hit my head pretty hard a few times and came up alright so that's definitely a good thing.